The government represents the people of a given nation, province or community,
and if the nation, province or community doesn't want to be wiped out
by global warming, eventually the government will come around as well. The environmental
movement that has sprung up in recent years has prompted this change in the
Government of Canada with the effect that we're now seeing more attempts
to regulate climate change and preserve the environment. Not all of the changes
reach down far enough to affect a family living in in a property on a
personal level, but some are wide-ranging enough to reach even Joe Public.
This series of articles will focus on the government's efforts to preserve
what's left of our natural resources and correct or slow environmental
degradation. There are a wide range of government programs currently in effect,
from diverting federal funding toward developing a system that
will help deal with our landfill issues, to regulating greenhouse gas emissions
by commercial manufacturing ventures. The list of government influences over
environment-related practices is an ever-expanding one, but we will do our best
to give you an accurate overview of the situation in Canada.
There are several major areas in which the government has become involved in
recent years due to some alarming findings by scientists studying climate change.
They include the preservation of forests, plant life and wetlands, reducing
air pollution and generating renewable power. Water is another important one,
and not just because we're starting to wonder if we should be selling
our fresh water to other countries. There are also issues surrounding pollutants,
like whether industrial water treatment chemicals are a godsend for purifying
water or just a different set of contaminants that will adversely affect marine
life. In some cases government regulation may be helping the environment, and
in other cases hurting it, so it's important not to see the government
as either a great evil or a great protector, but rather an extension of ourselves
with the potential toward either.
One important thing that the government does with regard to the environment
is to fund studies on the effects chemicals and practices which are in common
use have on the ecosystem. Most studies are funded by grants and the work is
done through public universities or doctor-researchers in the health care system.
This process is how governments decide what changes to make, and how important
improvements in personal safety, such as the requirements for MRI protection
in hospital diagnostic imaging departments, come about.
However, the situation is always changing. Laws are constantly being formed,
repealed, amended and enacted. Regulations can be challenged in court, and tightened
or relaxed to adjust for information revealed in new data. The best thing you
can do is to buy a good strapping system and buckle down for the ride as we
take you on a tour of the current situation at the time the articles were written.
Once we're finished, maybe you'll decide you liked it so much that
you want to get involved. Our planet could certainly use you. Special thanks to our website sponsors from Uptown Yonge emergency dental clinic in Toronto. Thank you!